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‘Urn and Learn’: engagement and allyship in an introductory social work course
Social Work Education  (IF),  Pub Date : 2021-09-12, DOI: 10.1080/02615479.2021.1979507
Trevor G. Gates

ABSTRACT

First-year students studying social work often need help to successfully transition to the demands of university life and the many facets of the profession. Professional socialization should also include allyship and engagement with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender/gender diverse, intersex and queer communities (LGBTIQ+); developing a strong sense of community; and becoming committed to additional years of study. I present an activity called ‘Urn and Learn,’ a series of coffee and tea sessions embedded in an introductory social work course that aimed to promote both allyship with sexual and gender diverse communities and enhance the sense of belongingness to the university community. Improvements in student and instructor satisfaction were observed following this course. The benefits of delivering the Urn and Learn teaching activity are discussed.